Become celebrate decade of supporting creative community in the North
Sue Pilgrim, Group MD said, "This represents a significant achievement in the history of the Become Group and especially for Justin Moore, who has successfully headed up the Manchester business since we first opened our doors.
"Become Manchester was the first operation launched by Become outside of London with the aim of contributing to the economy in the North of England and supporting the local creative community by providing creative and design talent for the flourishing creative, digital and design market.
"During this period Manchester has developed into a significantly important regional creative and digital hub accounting for 105,000 jobs and creating value of £4.7bn per annum to the local economy.
"Growth continues through the establishment of creative clusters such as MediaCity, The Sharp Project and the burgeoning community of digital companies springing up throughout the Greater Manchester area.
"Become has indeed become an intrinsic component of the fabric of the creative community, helping both local businesses to succeed and talented local creatives to build successful careers and fulfil their ambitions.
"Our Senior Consultant Kim Leavy who is celebrating 9 years with Become Manchester, has been successfully leading the Freelance division throughout this time, building genuine and long lasting relationships with the creative talent and clients in the North.
"Her unfailing enthusiasm and dedication have enabled Become to build and manage one of the most productive and respected freelance talent resources in the North, helping businesses manage their workflow and accomplish their business plans.
"The last 10 years has been an eventful journey of highs and lows and although the North of England remains a relatively robust economy, the recession of 2009 and the following couple of years were particular challenges.
At this time when many recruitment businesses took the decision to leave the North, while Become remained resolute in our aim to maintain our presence and continue to support the local community both creatively and economically.
"We recognised how important it is to work & lsquo;with’ our clients and candidates when the economy and especially the local economy is at it’s most vulnerable and add value as a progressive business with a genuine sense of responsibility to the local community.
"In recent years we embarked on our apprenticeship engagement programme, which saw us participating in Government Funded Scheme to encourage young talent to join businesses at entry level and be given the opportunity to develop and progress.
"We are delighted that both our apprentices have proved so incredibly successful that they have both been appointed to the Manchester Team permanently. They represent both the future of Become for the next 10 years and they are a testament to the positive attributes and potential of their generation in the local workforce.
"Become Manchester’s contribution to the community and commitment to the next generation continues to develop unabated not least with our highly productive relationship with Shillington College, where not only are we available to support the students in a practical level but also we have found work for a number of Shillington College Graduates this year.
"These are the creative talents and leaders of the future and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help them make their start in their professional life.
"But Become Manchester contribution isn’t limited to the North of England. We were fortunate to receive support and funding from UK Trade & Investment North West for our 2014 opening of Become Hong Kong. The links between China and Manchester are already well established and it was a natural progression for our business.
"This year we were absolutely delighted to receive the UKTI North West
Rising Stars Award for a new business who has achieved most success during their first 3 years in Mainland China/Hong Kong.
"What does the next 10 years look like for Become Manchester?
"The landscape is changing rapidly as Greater Manchester and the North West are amongst the fastest developing areas of the UK. With the advent of the improved rail links via the Network Hub rail expansion, the projected HS2 development and the installation of the next generation of super fast high internet connections, the whole region has been invigorated and as the recent opening of Home the Cultural Arts centre for the area demonstrates, the creative and design community are leading the way.
"It’s against this backdrop that Justin and his team are proudly committed to supporting the North of England for many years to come. As our team continues to grow in both numbers and expertise we will be able to provide even more opportunities for candidates and support for clients, which in turn will add real value to the local community.
"Our ambitious plans allow for further geographic expansion into The Midlands, Scotland and continued traction between our offices in UK and Overseas in particular in Asia.
"So here’s to the last 10 years and to an incredible next 10."